Tale Of The Tape: Better Sharks Venue – AT&T Park Vs. Levi’s Stadium
- LocationWhile parking is an issue, public transit and the ability to walk to the stadium (rink?) is hard to beat. Throw in local dining options and other nearby activities and this category is a no-brainer win for AT&T.The parking situation leans in Levi's favor, but Great America likely won't be open when the game is played, and there isn't a ton else nearby. The weather will likely be a tad warmer, but with ice to keep frozen, that might not bee a good thing.
- Food and DrinksWe're sure Sharks fans would love chomping a Cha Cha bowl, and Giants home games put garlic fries on the map, but will California cuisine appeal to the hockey crowd?The concession plans for Levi's are diverse and sound delicious. Colossal dog, meatball sandwich, chilli cheese nachos - these are the hearty staples we're going to need for an outdoor game.
- SceneryThere is no venue in the country on par with the views from above this park. World-class hockey on the shores of McCovey cove is just the kind of photo op the NHL is looking for with this event.The NFL's newest stadium is grand, and state-of-the-art, but if the stands of the massive structure aren't full, it won't be a good look for the NHL.
- PrecedentA look at the past venues should give us some clues as to what NHL officials are looking for. Previous MLB locales include Fenway Park in Boston, New York's Yankee Stadium, Chicago's Wrigley Field and Dodger Stadium in LA. Sounds like a list you would be a fool to leave AT&T Park off of.Chicago's Soldier Field and Pittsburgh's Heinz Field join the home of the Buffalo Bills as former NFL host sites. Those are great venues, but no comparison to the name recognition enjoyed by the MLB stadiums.
It's really hard to know all the strengths of Levi's Stadium prior to it's full unveiling, but we know what we have in AT&T Park, and it's one of the best sports venues in American history. It's surprising the NHL hasn't hosted there already.